While visiting the parental units for Thanksgiving, my dad told an intersting story about what happened to their van when he went to get an oil change.
There was a young man (my dad said he looked about 16) who was driving the vehicles into the bay for the oil change. My dad thought he was acting kind of nervous when he took the keys. After the oil change, my dad went to start the van and the key wouldn’t turn in the ignition. After trying for a minute or two, he got out of the van and the young guy ran over and asked what the problem was. After my dad said the key wasn’t turning in the ignition, the guy said “I’ve seen that before!”, ran off and got a can of WD-40, sprayed some in the ignition and it started.
My dad said he was doing everything but holding his hand out, clearly expecting some sort of reward for getting the car started. My dad was suspicious about the whole situation (he hadn’t been having any problems with the ignition before this, found the guy’s behaviour quite odd, and was skeptical that the guy would have known EXACTLY what the problem was, and been able to fix it immediately). Since then ignition has locked up again repeatedly, and each time it requires WD-40 to get it to turn (and start).
My dad’s theory is that the young guy sprayed something in the ignition to make it seize up (and WD-40 fixes the problem temporarily). He figured the guy hits a few people each day, and tries to make a bit of money getting a “reward” when he gets their vehicle going again.
I’ve done a Google search and haven’t come across a scam like this. For anyone who knows much about cars, do you think the guy did something to my dad’s van, or do you think he’s being needlessly suspicious (and maybe should have given the guy $20 for fixing the problem on the spot and saving him from having to call a tow truck)?
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